Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a fairly dark brown with a short lived tan head. Scents of dried fruit, malt, and weak coffee. Roasted flavors prevalent throughout, coffee, prunes, and sweetness with a slight bitterness in the finish. Not a big fan of coffee scented or darker roasted brews. Thanks to Flaco Alto for the bottle.
mds (2154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a bright copper body with a small bubbly off-white head. Aroma is cookie-ish with lots of caramel malt, toast, and some faint fruits. Toasty malt flavour again in a soft body with significant caramel and light chocolate.. Something a bit strange in the texture and flavour profile. The alcohol is well masked. Pretty decent.
Pailhead (4362) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap: Light malty aromas of caramel and chocolate. Dark brown with orange hilights and a small beige head with nice lacing. Flavor is a little weak with watery caramel and chocolate, hints of roasted grain, and light bitterness in the finish. Suprisingly no hints of alcohol with so little other flavors to cover it up. Not enough strong flavors for me. Rather boring.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It has got a monkey on it, it has to be good right? Ruby brown body, small tan head. Sweet fruity booze in the aroma hints at brown sugar with a very muted roast malt touch. Lightly roasty acidity dominates my flavour impression over the muted malt. It’s a touch light and a bit flat, it feels like maybe they were trying to make it cask like. Interesting but not for me today. [8%? Wow! I did not taste that at all!] Thanks for the rarity MDS!
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Jerc, Hogtown Harry, and MDS, Mike’s bottle. Dark ruby brown, small white head. Nice burnt sugar, dark fruit, sweet malt aroma. Decent taste - more burnt sugar, dark malt. A little watery. Some alcohol. Not bad, a new state for me.
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with jerc, mds and tupalev - mds’ bottle. Poured clear deep ruby-amber with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel malt, wood, sweet, dry, dusty, yeasty. Dry, roasty, bitter aroma - nutty, some bitter chocolate and coffee grounds, long bitter finish. Average body, a little astringent, fairly flat - very nice beer, not sure about the style.
eaglefan538 (2818) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a brownish red color with a very thin initial head that turned to a thin outer ring. Lacing was excellent, especially for this stronger beer. Some caramel underneath, but coffee came out stronger under the feature flavor of brown sugar. A slight pine hoppy touch in the finish. Mouthfeel was porter thin, was expecting something more rich from a name like this one. An odd beer, not sure what to compare it to, and overall not my cup of tea.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2006
2.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark, coffe brown. Not Starkbucks French Roast opaque brown but more like an over stuffed Folgers. Throws a shallow spritzy froth. Aroma is slightly malty with an offensive burnt celery whiff. Possesses ample residual effers with medium weight nectar. Flavors are dry, woodsy, smokey, offensive with the forward celery. Now heres the best thing about it. The bitterness. It dries up like a mouth full of beach sand which tries like hell to clean off that celery stink, and almost does. Even with the fantastic bittering, I can’t drink more than one bottle. The celery is way too much.
Overall: a bitter sweet one night stand.
KUEric (874) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz Bottle: Pours a deep dark reddish-brown/amber color. A rather small dark brown head that leaves only a ring around the edge throughout most of the beer. Aroma is strong of coffee and roasted malts, there are some faint touches (though not much of anything really) of prunes, alcohol, and brown sugar. The flavor is sweet and finishes hoppy. Some notes of toasty roasted/burnt malts, prunes, caramel. Gets a little sweeter and brown sugar as it warms. Has a little bite to it.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of FlacoAlto. Aroma very nutty and cardboard like-stale maltiness. Faint hop background. Flavor again is very nutty up front with bitter english hop finish. Very dry. Just o.k.